Chuck E Cheese Blues...
Haldan's outage schedule has created new challenges. In order for the house to be quiet today, a Saturday, we were forced to venture out and find an activity that would entertain the children for a while. That's how we ended up at Chuck E Cheese on a Saturday, because no one in their right mind would do that just because; and I also had promised the children we would go this month and the end of the month is here.
Let's rewind. Camille has been traumatized by Chuck E forever. I think the last time we went she was still hiding under the tables when he came out. She's seven. It's a weird phobia that I don't totally understand. So, I told the kids we could go if they would agree to a photo with Chuck E for my photo of the day. They both agreed. Camille even said that she wasn't afraid anymore!
I asked an employee if there was a scheduled time that Chuck E would make an appearance because my daughter wanted to see him. She asked if it was her birthday and I told her no, but that she has been afraid of him for over 7 years and says she's not afraid any longer. They told me to return in 5 minutes and that he would make an appearance. So, I rounded up the kids and we waited. While we waited we talked about how this was just a person in a costume just like Halloween. Camille seemed fine until he came out and then she totally freaked out! I reminded her that it was just a person in a costume and she scrunched up her face and said, "He looks big and scary!" We waited a couple minutes. Connor gave him a hug and then he left. We just couldn't convince Camille to get near him. The other employee asked if they should try it again, but I told her I didn't think it was going to work. She suggested that the person dressed as Chuck E introduce himself without the costume.